Bonds ball to be auctioned
The ball which Barry Bonds broke the home run record with is to be sold.
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2007 13:12 GMT

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Barry Bonds' record-breaking 756th home run ball will be sold online, and fortunate fan Matt Murphy looks to be close to being half-million dollars richer.
The 21-year-old New Yorker has decided to sell the ball after deciding he had no real choice after receiving advice that he would be taxed on the souvenir if he decided to hold on it.
"It wasn't hard. It was simple math. I'm upset by the decision I had to make," Murphy said.
"I wanted to keep it. I'm young. I don't have the bank account.... It would have cost me a lot more to keep it."

Bonds broke Hank Aaron's record of 755 home runs on August 7 against the Washington Nationals.

Sotheby's/SCP Auctions will handle the sale which will begin on August 28 and finish on September 15.

The starting bid has not been determined, and auction officials estimated the ball would bring at least $500,000.

"This is the most historic baseball ever to be sold," said David Kohler, president of SCP Auctions.

The ball from Bonds' 755th home run, which was hit on August 4 in San Diego,  will also be for sale on the site.

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